November 29, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

FRAGRANT, FUNDRAISING PINES--Newbury Park High School sophomore baseball player Michael McVey helps a customer load a Christmas tree into a truck Saturday. More...

Health & Wellness

Top holiday stress busters

The holidays don't have to be stressful. Still, they often bring financial worries and family related anxieties. Here are tips to help stressed-out consumers deal with holiday anxiety. •Plan ahead. More...

Office workers can find ways to keep fit and eat healthfully

Sitting at a desk eight hours a day, five days a week can leave little time for exercise. More...

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria incidents on the increase

Recent cases of staph infections that are resistant to antibiotics have caused state and local school officials to reexamine hygiene practices on campuses and to stress the importance of implementing preventive measures. More...

On the Town

"The Mist"

Directed by: Frank Darabont Starring: Thomas Jane, Larie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones, Frances Sternhagen MPAA rating: R (for adult language, violence, gore) Running time: 127 minutes More...

Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host annual Battle of the Bands

Local bands will raise the roof at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center when the annual Battle of the Bands is staged from 7 to 11 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Deli lovers' delight

After many years of having to drive over the hill to West L.A. for good deli we finally have the real deal right in our own area. More...

Business

Wells Fargo names new banking store manager

Thousand Oaks-resident Dale Canfield has been named Wells Fargo community banking store manager for the newly established Wells Fargo Oakbrook banking branch at 2831 Avenida de Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks, which opened Nov. 19. More...

Pets

Long dog ready for short race

READY TO RUN- "Barney" Ehlinger is all set to participate in the 1k Family Fun Run portion of the 3rd annual Conejo Valley YMCA Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving morning. More...

Exotic animals not good house pets

Why an exotic pet? What makes one pet seeker settle for a dog or cat, while another seeks out a wolf or a lion? More...

Pet of the Week

FULL OF LOVE- Quincy, an 8-year-old male Shetland sheepdog mix, was surrendered by his owner. Quincy can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Quincy home, ask for ID No. A3744861. More...

Family

Hanukkah events at Chabad

Chabad of the Conejo will present a number of events to celebrate Hanukkah. •Throughout the week leading up to Hanukkah, Chabad representatives will visit local Jewish schools and senior homes with olive press demonstrations. More...

'Blithe Spirit' is a witty war of the words

If you're tired of battling the crowds at the mall or bored with TV reruns, enjoy some silly ghostly fun at the Conejo Players Theatre with Noel Cowards' small-cast farce, "Blithe Spirit," part of the Conejo Afternoon Theater program. More...

High School Hi-Lights

All events (subject to change) are listed by name, location and time if provided. If calendars are modified, school sources are asked to contact steve@theacorn.com. Newbury Park Panthers Sat., Dec. More...

Editorials

Season of giving starts now

During this time of the year, we can best show gratitude for our own blessings by giving something to others. More...

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Turkeys fly into food bank as readers respond

In an 11th-hour outpouring of compassion, community members put turkeys on the tables of many in Thousand Oaks who've been experiencing hard times. More...

Neighbor saves cat from teeth of coyote

Watching a coyote run toward a field with a big cat in its mouth was more than Jennifer Foster could take just two weeks after her husband died as a result of a freak accident. More...

Group asks district to keep the peace at Rancho Potrero

An alternative plan for Rancho Potrero--one without a 200-person pavilion and similar to the Wildwood Park concept--has been submitted for consideration at an intergovernmental/focus group meeting on Dec. 5. More...

Community

Supervisor announces committee opening

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks is seeking a qualified citizen to serve on the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee. The committee is a 20member advisory body appointed by the Air Pollution Control Board. More...

'Energy' drinks with alcohol being purchased by teens

That energy drink your teen is so fond of may contain a potent mix of alcohol and caffeine. More...

Ironman pushes it to the limit

Marc Aten does not complain, wallow in misery or hide in a shell. Aten fights on. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., NOV. 29 RSVP For Gala Deadline to reserve for Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated Christmas and Holiday Gala, Thurs., Dec. 6, Sherwood Country Club, 320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Schools

Schools named to Honor Roll

A statewide business and education coalition named Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School in Camarillo to its 2007 Honor Roll earlier this month. More...

Admissions interviews

At the recent USC counselor conference, we read applications submitted by last year's freshmen hopefuls. More...

Sports

Westlake boys' soccer team undergoes attitude adjustment

The Westlake High boys' soccer team is hoping a new attitude can help bring them new results in the postseason. More...

Locals make college commitments

A trio of area athletes recently signed their National Letter of Intent to play college sports. Kelsey Conway of La Reina High will compete on the golf team at College of William and Mary in Virginia. More...

Lions cross country team runs away with state title

FAST TRACK- The Oaks Christian girls' cross country team finished in first place in Division IV at last weekend's CIF State Cross Country Championships in Woodward Park in Fresno. The Lions finished with 149 points, edging St. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park An unlocked vehicle was burglarized late on the night of Nov. 15 or early in the morning of Nov. 16 in the 2000 block of Harrier Court (unlocked). An act of vandalism on Nov. 10 was reported on Nov. More...

Faith

Lutheran church announces Advent services

Ascension Lutheran Church announces special services for the Advent season in preparation for Christmas. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend unless otherwise noted. More...

Redeemer Lutheran Church celebrates 45th anniversary

Redeemer Lutheran Church is celebrating its 45th anniversary at 9 a.m. Sun., Dec. 2 followed by a brunch at 11 a.m. The special guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Larry A. More...

Christmas cantata to be presented at St. Matthew's

The Sanctuary, Children's and Handbell choirs of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church will present the annual Christmas cantata, "Emmanuel- God With Us," on Sun., Dec. 2 at the 8:30 and 10 a.m. services. The church is at 1360 S. More...

Letters

Fox can't stop all free speech

Thank you for writing the article regarding Mayor Fox and the City Council meeting ("Fire department review heats up the City Council meeting," Nov. 15 T.O. Acorn ). More...

Teen loves quiet beauty of parks

My name is Courtney Kilbane. I'm 13 years old and have lived in Thousand Oaks my whole life. Some people don't realize that we kids and teenagers appreciate the natural beauty of Thousand Oaks. More...

School board member seeks math opinions

If you have an opinion on Everyday Math, I would like to hear it. I'm especially interested in hearing from parents whose children have been taught math using this method. My e-mail address is mikedunn1999@yahoo.com. More...

Real Estate

California home prices stay high during slump

The pace of new home sales remained sluggish in September, the California Building Industry Association reported. More...

Realtors host awards lunch

The Conejo Valley Association of Realtors will host its 47th annual awards and installation luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Real Estate Leaders Look Ahead

As homeowners and homebuyers across America, especially those who live in Southern California, continue to feel the effects of a struggling market, The Acorn continues its multipart series about the future of the real estate indust More...